StreetwiZe is officially certified as a B Corporation and joins the global movement of businesses that contribute to a sustainable and responsible society. Businesses with a social and/or ecological impact, who take responsibility, are transparent and contribute to the economy of the future, can receive the certificate. StreetwiZe is only the fourth Belgian B Corp.
What is B Corp?
The B Corp community currently exists of 1600 certified B Corps (like Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy, Patagonia…) spread across 42 countries within loosely 120 different industries. They all have one goal: redefine the traditional way of business to what they call “business for the good”. To become a B Corp, organisations have to meet or exceed B Lab’s performance requirement (B Impact Assessment) by obtaining at least 80 out of 200 points. You can find more information on the StreetwiZe B Corp Profile Page.
How StreetwiZe got B Corp certified
StreetwiZe obtained a score of 131 out of 200 and is very proud to be B Corp certified since mid-August. StreetwiZe is the business venture of the Mobile School Group, founded by Arnoud Raskin. Mobile School builds and distributes mobile schools within a network of organisations working with street-connected children and youngsters. At the moment the mobile schools are used in 24 countries.
StreetwiZe develops leadership and talent development programs for businesses. They harness skills from the streets to create lasting, impactful change in your people and organisation. The street children from Mobile School form the foundation of their work: they are their inspiration and reason of existence. 100% of their profit is invested in educational programs for street kids worldwide.
Why running a business as a force for good?
On top of positive social & environmental impact, running a ‘business as a force for good’ has other advantages.
Most employees will appreciate the fact that their employer cares about society. Due to the social impact they achieve, they become more passionately involved in their professional lives and get a feeling of purpose and meaning. Two values that generation Y and millennial talents are longing for.
The deeper meaning and purpose has an indisputable impact on the engagement of the employees.
Want to know more?
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Interesting readings on Purpose:
- Three ways to find purpose at work (Weinberger • 2016 • World Economic Forum)
- Turn your career into a work of art (Petriglieri • 2012 • Harvard Business Review)
- Three ways to actually engage employees (Mankins • 2014 • Harvard Business Review)
Interview with Arnoud Raskin by B Lab: Meet the B Corps #9 StreetwiZe (Herrouz • 2016)